60 Names for Sugar

1 Sep

Sugar by any other name.. is just as sweet!


You may be surprised to learn that sugar has at least 60 different names.

Most all processed foods have some form of sugar in them.  Of course, we know that sugar is added to standard sweets, but it’s also frequently added to spices and other savory products including tomato sauces.

Perhaps the most shocking example of discovering sugar where I never expected it to be was in a salt product.  The package read “51% sodium” and “49% dextrose”.  That means there was almost exactly the same amount of sugar in the product as there was salt.  But as long as the product is at least 51% sodium, the F.D.A. allows the product to be called “Salt” instead of “Sugar”.  Suddenly, rumors of fast-food restaurant chains using sugar in their salt doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Refined and processed sugars of all kinds are considered by many experts to be the biggest contributors to obesity and poor health in the United States.

Hopefully the list below will help you navigate when it comes to making healthy choices down the grocery store aisle.  Good health to you!

60 Names for Sugar

  • Agave Nectar
  • Amasake
  • Apple Sugar
  • Banana Sugar
  • Barbados Sugar
  • Barley Malt
  • Beet Sugar
  • Black Strap Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Cane Juice Crystals
  • Cane Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carbitol
  • Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup solids
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Carob Syrup
  • Castor Sugar
  • Date Sugar
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic Malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Fructose
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose Solids
  • Golden Sugar
  • Golden Syrup
  • Grape Sugar
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing Sugar
  • Invert Sugar
  • Locust Bean Gum
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Malt Syrup
  • Mannose
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado Sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw Sugar
  • Refiner’s Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Yellow Sugar
  • Xanthan Gum

6 Responses to “60 Names for Sugar”

  1. Steve September 1, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    It is amazing what companies can get away with in advertising. “reduced” salt(fat/sugar etc.) is a another one. To be reduced it only needs to have a 25% reduction. A product could be 75% pure salt and they come out with a 50% salt version it is then “reduced salt”

    People then buy it thinking it that it is healthy, when really it is only slightly better than the “other” version


    • Lynn Van Noy September 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

      Wow! I didn’t know that. 25% reduction isn’t much especially in cases of sodium & sugar imbalances. That can get especially dangerous for folks with health problems & sensitivities. Good to know!

      So much for “New & Improved”.


  2. Marion Anderson September 3, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    Hi Lynn

    Thank you for this. I read labels because I get migraine so I watch for anything MSG related and some preservatives which appear in shop pastries.

    I also watch for sugar and fat content in food. I have seen carbitol and had no idea that it was sugar.This It is a really useful list.

    Thank you


    • Lynn Van Noy September 3, 2010 at 7:18 am #

      Excellent! I love that you’re so aware of your body. It really pays to listen and any information you collect along the way just supports you further. So glad.



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